2023 SEMCA Annual Report – Growth and Impact

Reflecting on the milestones and achievements of 2023 fills me with immense pride as we trace the journey we’ve taken together at SEMCA. Throughout the year, we’ve been guided by two pivotal concepts: growth and impact. These words encapsulate the essence of our collective efforts and the profound changes we’ve made in our communities.


In 2023, SEMCA experienced remarkable growth and expansion across all facets of our programming. From forging new formal relationships to expanding partnerships and exploring new areas, our commitment to serving our communities remained strong. Our efforts propelled us into new areas of service and influence, extending beyond traditional boundaries.

One of our proudest achievements was establishing the Talent Transformation pillar within the regional Global Epicenter of Mobility. Additionally, our dedication to empowering youth, enhancing employer services, and catering to diverse demographics underscored our commitment to inclusive progress. The tangible evidence of our success is reflected in our budget revenue, which soared from $26,044,506 in 2022 to $33,820,659, and the expansion of our staff from 63 to 88, highlighting the significant growth we’ve experienced. We are honored to have been selected by Wayne County Executive and the Wayne County Commission to serve as the Program Administrator for the planned WayneLINC (Learning. Investment. Navigation. Career.) program.


However, amidst this period of expansion, we remained focused on fortifying the impact of our core programs. By adapting to evolving needs, fostering collaborations, and amplifying resources, we ensured that our services continued to resonate deeply within our communities. Our involvement in pivotal collaborations, the launch of targeted service elements, and our dedication to enhancing job seeker access exemplify our commitment to fostering positive change. We are all motivated by the numerous successful outcomes with the individuals we serve, creating better opportunities and better lives for them and their families.

Moreover, our strategic leadership remained committed to charting a course toward excellence. Grounded in our 2021-24 Strategic Plan, our endeavors focused on collaboration, service delivery, brand identity, and funding diversification. Through meticulous planning and execution, we not only measured service quality and customer experiences but also bolstered partnerships and streamlined processes.

Many of SEMCA’s successes in 2023 are presented in the subsequent pages of this Annual Report. As Chief Executive Officer of SEMCA, I am grateful for the invaluable partnerships we have cultivated. I want to extend special acknowledgment to our contracted service providers who carry out the daily work at our SEMCA Michigan Works! American Job Centers. They were instrumental in enhancing our services over the past year and maximizing innovations in service delivery. We extend our thanks to: Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS), the Downriver Community Conference (DCC), Educational Data Systems, Inc. (EDSI), Employment & Training Designs Inc. (ETDI), Michigan Workforce Development Institute (WDI), Monroe County Employment and Training Department (MCETD), Monroe County Intermediate School District (MCISD), SERCO and The Information Center, Inc. (TIC).

Abdul Haidous
Charlotte (Charlie) Mahoney
Gregory Pitoniak

As the Chief Elected Official and Chair of the Southeast Governmental Alliance Board, and as the Chair of the Workforce Development Board, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to the SEMCA Boards, staff, and partners for their dedication, innovation, and tireless efforts throughout the year. Your hard work and commitment have led to numerous successes, and we are immensely grateful for your contributions.

As we move forward, we are filled with optimism and gratitude for the resilience and tenacity demonstrated by our team. Together, we have achieved significant milestones, yet our work continues. With dedication and a shared vision, we are confident that SEMCA will remain a driving force for growth, impact, and positive change in the years ahead.

Thank you for your support and dedication. Together, we will continue to make a difference.


Commissioner Abdul Haidous – SEGA Board Chair & Chief Elected Official
Charlotte (Charlie) Mahoney – Workforce Development Board Chair
Gregory Pitoniak – Chief Executive Officer